Trump Administration to shield health care workers who don’t want to perform abortions

New HHS rule under review by the White House would protect doctors and nurses from being forced to provide services to which they have religious or moral objections

The Trump administration is poised to overhaul the HHS civil rights office as part of a broader plan to protect health workers who don't want to perform abortions, treat transgender patients seeking to transition or provide other services for which they have religious or moral objections. Under a proposed rule — which has been closely guarded at HHS and is now under review by … [Read more...]

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Baby Jesus comes to California State Capitol

Figurines from Stockton and Sacramento

  The following is from a Dec. 15  press release issued by the Thomas More Society. Baby Jesus will be present at the California State Capitol this Christmas season. Starting with an opening ceremony at 3 p.m. on December 17 and remaining through December 27, a traditional Christian crèche will be on display on the Capitol’s North Side Steps, facing L Street. The … [Read more...]

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Little Sisters of the Poor head back to court

Nuns seek to defend themselves against lawsuits by the states of California and Pennsylvania that would take away their religious exemption from the HHS contraception mandate

The Little Sisters of the Poor are heading back to court to defend themselves against lawsuits by the states of California and Pennsylvania to take away the Little Sisters’ religious exemption from the new Health and Human Services rule. In early October, HHS issued a new rule that protects religious non-profits like the Little Sisters of the Poor, Catholic nuns who dedicate … [Read more...]

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U.S. Supreme Court to hear California forced-speech case

Justices agree to decide whether law compelling crisis pregnancy centers to post notices referring patients for abortions violates First Amendment

The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear an anti-abortion group’s free-speech challenge to a California law that requires “crisis pregnancy centers” to notify patients that the state offers subsidies for contraception and abortion. The challengers say the disclosure law violates the 1st Amendment because it forces the faith-based pregnancy centers to send a message that … [Read more...]

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Professor must pay $17,000 for violating pro-life students’ free speech

Fresno State faculty member’s actions flagrantly violated First Amendment

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lz3MhiRj5HQ A Fresno State University professor will pay $17,000 and undergo First Amendment training by Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys as part of a legal settlement after he instructed students from his class to join him in defacing and erasing a pro-life student group’s sidewalk chalk messages. On Friday, a federal court issued an order, … [Read more...]

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Free speech victory for California pregnancy centers

Judge halts law forcing pro-life centers to advertise abortions

  Editor's note: we recently published a related story, "Does it violate free speech?". Though the same issues are at stake, the following story involving a Riverside judge's decision was in a state court and unrelated to the federal case. In a major victory for free speech, Riverside County Superior Court Justice Gloria C. Trask ruled late Monday that California must … [Read more...]

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Senate confirms Notre Dame law professor to appeals court bench

Amy Barrett, critic of Roe v. Wade, wins appointment to 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on 55-43 vote; attacked by Democrats during confirmation hearings for her Catholic faith

The Senate confirmed a Notre Dame law professor to a Chicago-based federal appeals court Tuesday despite widespread criticism from advocacy groups. Democratic Sens. Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Tim Kaine (Va.) and Joe Manchin(W.Va.) joined Republicans in the 55-43 vote to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Barrett has claimed that ObamaCare’s … [Read more...]

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About more than a cake

Supreme Court agrees to hear appeal from Colorado baker with religious objections to same-sex marriage

The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to hear an appeal from a Colorado baker with religious objections to same-sex marriage who had lost a discrimination case for refusing to create a cake to celebrate such a union. The case will be a major test of a clash between laws that ban businesses open to the public from discriminating based on sexual orientation and claims of religious … [Read more...]

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Supreme Court rules in favor of religious liberty

In 7-2 decision, justices say Missouri can't discriminate against religious pre-school in playground resurfacing program

The U.S. Supreme Court has delivered a clear win for religious liberty, ruling in favor of Trinity Lutheran Church against the state of Missouri.   The 7-2 decision is a victory against state-sponsored discrimination. Justice Clarence Thomas, writing for the majority, said, “The exclusion of Trinity Lutheran from a public benefit for which it otherwise qualified solely … [Read more...]

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Criminal case against Father Linton dismissed

Anglican priest was arrested outside a San Bernardino Planned Parenthood last year

Life Legal Defense Foundation Senior Staff Counsel Allison Aranda was in court yesterday on behalf of Father James Linton, the Anglican priest who was arrested outside of a San Bernardino Planned Parenthood on October 7, 2016. At no time was Father Linton on Planned Parenthood’s property—but that did not stop the abortion facility's director from calling the police and having … [Read more...]

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